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Destructive Coping Mechanisms in Front Line Medical Professionals

May 18, 2020

Never have our front-line medical professionals been subject to such high levels of stress on the job, which can affect their ability to function both at work and in personal relationships. The link between stress in the medical field and addictive behavior is clear. However, addictions can come in many forms, and non-substance abusing habits can often be destructive as well.

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Stress Management at The Front Lines of Medicine

May 4, 2020

Stress management is an important issue in our modern world, and some occupations are more acutely associated with stress than others. First responders like our EMTs nurses and doctors, especially with the current COVID-19 crisis, face enormous levels of stress daily. Without optimum stress management, these frontline medical professionals are vulnerable to the effects of stress, which can be extremely damaging to their physical and mental health.

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Substance Abuse Treatment Must Continue Through the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 26, 2020

With coronavirus and related shutdowns dominating the headlines over the past few weeks, it can be difficult to see past that and remember that many of the societal crises that were top of mind just a couple months ago, still exist. One of these is the extreme rise in opioid addiction and overdose that the United States has been experiencing for the past few years. As we refocus on this new and exotic medical threat to our society, the substance abuse and addiction has taken a backseat. Well there’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic needs to be dealt with immediately, ignoring the very real and continuing scourge of addiction is at our own risk.

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Depression: A Comprehensive Overview

August 10, 2018

We all get the blues now and then, but depression is far more serious than occasional feelings of sadness. It can cause physical aches and pains, and it can interfere with daily life. Some people with depression are debilitated by the condition—unable to work, attend school or function socially. Depression affects men and women differently.1 In men, depression often causes irritability and feelings of exhaustion. They may lose interest in work, family or hobbies, and may suffer from insomnia. And although more women with depression attempt suicide, more men with depression die by suicide. Depression is a highly treatable illness,…

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder in Men

July 25, 2018

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 5.7 million adult Americans are affected by bipolar disorder. Men and women have the same chance of developing bipolar disorder, according to John Hopkins Medicine. Bipolar disorder in men has distinctly different symptoms than bipolar disorder in women. In this blog post, we explore the symptoms of the manic and depressive states of bipolar disorder in men. What Is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder. Bipolar disorder is characterized by cycles of manic states and depressive states. There is no cure for bipolar disorder,…

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Founder and CEO Ben Brafman Discusses 22 Years of Fighting the Stigma

July 10, 2017

Even though 1 in 4 adults are likely to experience some form of mental illness each year, and 1 in 17 live with a serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, there is still a stigma attached to mental illness. In fact, the stigma surrounding mental illnesses is the main reason many people don’t seek treatment. Ben Brafman, CEO and Founder of Destination Hope, LLC has been working to remove the stigma during his 22 years in the mental health field. He began his career as a mental health tech and worked his way up to…

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How Anxiety Can Cause Hair Loss

June 29, 2017

Anxiety is the body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. Though everyone feels anxious occasionally, those who suffer from anxiety disorders suffer such distress that it interferes with their ability to lead a normal life. The effects of anxiety are both mental and physical. Some of the physical symptoms can include sweating, headaches, nausea, trembling, and rashes. Anxiety and hair loss is one physical side effect that is not so commonly mentioned. Most people don’t think anxiety affects the hair because it doesn’t affect everyone. However, anxiety can have an effect on your hair and when it does, it…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

April 26, 2017

As we approach the month of May, which is the official Mental Health Awareness Month, we find ourselves talking more openly about mental illness. Doctors, neurosurgeons, and professionals from all over the globe are constantly testing, researching and trying to understand what creates mood disorders, chemical imbalances , and personality disorders. While science is trying to break through the complexities of the brain, we are here doing everything we can to bring the suffering to light. Every year, we continue a movement toward destigmatizing and decriminalizing those who suffer from mental illness. After all, one in four people will suffer…

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Where Does the Stigma in Mental Health Come From?

    Taking the first step in admitting you have a mental health problem and need help can be difficult. The stigmas surrounding mental health can make it even harder. Mental health stigmas often lead to various forms of exclusion or discrimination at work and within your circle of family and friends. Stigmatizing beliefs about mental health are shared by a wide range of individuals within society, regardless of if they know someone with a mental health condition. Adolescents with mental health problems may face stigmatized behaviors from family, peers, teachers, and school staff. Adults may experience stigma from friends,…

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